James Jean art show

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Although it was mentioned in this week’s event listing (thanks, Aaron!), it’s worth pointing out again: James Jean is having his first solo art show opening this weekend. Do you think it will be incredible? We do.

The Beat’s Annual Yearend Survey, 2009 Edition: Part I

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Welcome to the New Year, and welcome to a whole new cycle of big stories, little stories, Internet kerfluffles, and wonderful surprises. As we go forward, as is our tradition, we take a look back and ask industry professionals, pundits, and random oddballs to take a spin as prognosticators to see what 2009 will bring. […]

It’s the economy, stupid, Jan. 5 edition

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With the happy holidaze over, everyone is back to fretting over the economy, which makes total sense, since the economy pretty much nuked the holidays if you were a retailer. John Jackson Miller is back to report that January is the cruelest month, breeding double-digit revenue drops from the dead earth: Again, individual reports of […]

Feel better, Mark Millar

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Mark “Wanted” Millar is now such a celebrity in his native Scotland, that we have to read about his health issues in the newspaper: Marvel comics writer Mark was raced to hospital after his temperature soared to 103 and he developed extreme flu-like symptoms. Mark, of Glasgow, said: “I went off sick the first week […]

To Do: January 5 – January 11

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It’s worth noting that there are just as many women as men represented in this week’s events. Happy coincidence or a sign of things to come in 2009? Time will tell! Monday, January 5 Berkeley, CA, 6 PM – Michael Chabon in Conversation at Berkeley Rep Michael Chabon, author of the Pultizer Prize-winning comics-based novel […]

Brief linkage

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There should doubtless be more links from the last week or so, but these are a few things we had tucked away: § The short lists of the Cybil Awards Graphic Novel nominees have been announced. It’s a blogger-chosen award for children’s and teen literature. The lists are reminders of how the kid and YA […]

Back to work

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And there’s a lot of it… We had a nice holiday, but it taught us one crucial, crucial lesson…don’t ever, ever start playing Desktop Tower Defense.